Are we really on the cusp of détente with Iran?
Conventional wisdom seems to think so and it would be fair to say that outreach toward Iran has become the centerpiece of the Obama administration's foreign-policy legacy.
But as Iran's leadership engages with the West, behind the scenes they are putting the gas on a plan for world influence that threatens Western interests and security at every corner of the globe. Iran's Deadly Ambition shows how, in our eagerness to conclude the nuclear deal, the United States has missed the big picture and turned a blind eye to the Islamic Republic's fomentation of international terrorism, its support of genocidal rogue states, its continued domestic repression, and other actions that prove Iranian leadership still views itself at war with America and the West.
This past April, commenting on the pending nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama expressed his hope that the nuclear deal would serve as a vehicle for the Islamic Republic to at long last shed its international pariah status and "rejoin the community of nations." But Iran's Deadly Ambition shows that our government's rush to appease demonstrates a naive misreading of Iran's revolutionary ideology, rewards Iran's ayatollahs and emboldens their hegemonic objectives, and defers rather than averts the West's nuclear nightmare.
Ilan Berman is Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. An expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation, he has consulted for both the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense, and provided assistance on foreign policy and national security issues to a range of governmental agencies and congressional offices. He has been called one of America's "leading experts on the Middle East and Iran" by CNN.
Mr. Berman is a member of the Associated Faculty at Missouri State University's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, and serves as the Editor of The Journal of International Security Affairs. A frequent writer and commentator, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post and USA Today, among many other publications.
Mr. Berman is the editor of three books - Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), co-edited with J. Michael Waller Taking on Tehran: Strategies for Confronting the Islamic Republic (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007), and Iran's Strategic Penetration of Latin America (Lexington Books, 2015), co-edited with Joseph Humire - and the author of four others: Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), Winning the Long War: Retaking the Offensive Against Radical Islam (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009), Implosion: The End of Russia and What It Means for America (Regnery Publishing, 2013), and most recently, Iran's Deadly Ambition: The Islamic Republic's Quest for Global Power (Encounter Books, 2015).
For a comprehensive listing of Ilan's work, go to www.ilanberman.com